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5 Foods to Eat in Chongqing That Aren’t Hot Pot

The Sichuan province in China is known worldwide for its spicy and pungent cuisine. This is primarily due to the numbing use of Sichuan peppercorns! If you do not know what to try out when in Chongqing, then check out these five foods this article highlights!


Snack oil tea

Doesn't sound appetising, does it? Well, you will be surprised to find that this is as common as coffee in Chongqin. The city inhabitants totally adore the 'steaming hot porridge' kind of dish and they have it every morning! Although the name can be kind of misleading, the dish comprises fragrant warm oil that is stuffed with rice grounds. You can find most of these delicious local items in the restaurants located centrally. For instance, when looking for accommodation, you can check out a Chongqing serviced residence the likes of Ascott Raffles City Chongqing. These are centrally located properties from where you can easily head out to authentic restaurants to try a variety of dishes. Therefore, always look at properties that are close to popular restaurants for the best gastronomic experience China can offer you!


Sweet rice balls

This is another popular Chinese dessert that is found all across China. It is a dish that is commonly feasted upon during the holiday seasons like the Winter Solstice Festival and the Lantern Festival. To make it utterly delicious, glutinous rice flour is mixed with water. Afterwards, it is made into balls and then is cooked with sweet syrup or water that is flavoured. It can also be filled with red bean paste, black sesame or chocolate making it an extremely delicious delicacy!


Pickled cabbage head

This dish is made with stems of mustard plant which is native to the Chongqing region. This salty and knobby tuber is mixed with a pungent mix of spices and chillies. And it is one of the best side dishes you can order when tasting the other mouth-watering Chinese dishes. Therefore, do not miss out on this dish when in China! It is just that good!


Kung Pao Tofu

Most Chinese tourists are familiar with another similar version of this dish called the Kung Pao chicken. Chongqing's take on this dish is quite classical and is loaded with the region's popular crunchy peanuts, and hot dried chillies. To kick it off, the dishes are laid with garlic and vinegar which takes the flavours up a notch! You can try this dish with tofu! You are going to be amazed by the interesting mix of flavours this dish is proud of.


Wood ear fungus skewer

Only China can make fungus a delicious delicacy. Fungus might be a word that Westerners get put off quite easily, however, the wood ear fungus is something similar to a mushroom. It has quite a cartilaginous texture. These crunchy wood ears are usually served as a base for salads. However, you will also find them being marinated and sold by roadside vendors as a 'grab and go' snack.

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